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Jon Deshler

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Jon Deshler started out in Los Angeles in the 1960's-70's as a teenage trumpet student and jazz photographer. He was surrounded by some of the best and routinely heard and photographed them at clubs, festivals, and more all over Los Angeles. His most important trumpet teachers were Carlton McBeth and Nelson Hatt, he received mentorship from Bobby Shew, Lew Tabackin, Bruce Paulson, and others. His earliest jazz influences were Bobby Shew, Freddie Hubbard, Don Radar, Bill Berry, Conte Candoli, Don Menza, Pete Christlieb, Warren Luening, and many more. Having graduated from the prestigious Pasadena, Arts Center College of Design with a BFA in Photography in 1986, Jon relocated to Oregon in 1988 and rapidly grew a robust commercial shooting career

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The 1979 Playboy Jazz Festival

Read "The 1979 Playboy Jazz Festival" reviewed by Jon Deshler


I began producing my Jazz Passages Archive when I was 14 in the '70s, as a young trumpet student and photography enthusiast growing up in the San Fernando Valley. In June of 1979 serendipity aligned with a high school buddy/usher, which led to me attending the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. At 16 ...


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